Unlike the impostors of the past, the best of today’s faux trees could pass for freshly chopped. Another big improvement: Most artificial Christmas trees are pre-lit, so you can skip the temper-fraying ritual of detangling wires and distributing lights evenly around the branches. Before you go, get in on these Christmas tree decorating ideas.
The 7.5-foot Balsam Hill Fir was the panel’s favorite, earning high marks for its true green color and the natural-looking fall of the branches. It was the most expensive tree tested, but it delivers nice extras: an electrical connection for tree toppers, a foot-pedal on-off switch for the lights and two zip-up bags for storing the tree until next season.
Converts from living trees will love this take on a Fraser fir. The “best Christmas tree species in nature” looks equally stunning in artificial form with silvery-green needles.
When you’re short on space, you may want to opt for tall and skinny. Balsam Hill also offers a narrower pine for your tighter corners. The Berkshire Silver Fir boasts a smaller circumference but plenty of branches for your favorite ornaments.
Start planning your color scheme now — this Bellevue Spruce comes with either multi-colored or white twinkle lights. Or opt for none at all if you’re going a different route altogether.
Take a closer look at the Aspen Silver Fir and you’ll see pinecones peeking out between the needles. Realistic tree bark on the trunk also adds to the illusion.
A budget buy can still make a statement. Amazon’s top Christmas tree measures a solid six feet tall with plenty of branch tips ready for decorating.
These aren’t the retro C9 bulbs of yesteryear. Dazzle the kids with eight different light sequences courtesy of an LED-equipped pine.
Apartment dwellers, breathe easy. This tree breaks apart into three pieces for easy storage, and the 30-inch circumference still saves floor space in December.
Sometimes one tree just isn’t enough. Go all in on Christmas by adding this 15-inch version to the kitchen, entryway or whatever corner needs a little extra holiday spirit.